Animal Crossing New Horizons

November 5, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | THUMBNAIL REVIEWS, VIDEO GAMES |

(On the Nintendo Switch Lite) [See TVC’s review of an earlier emanation here] A Millennial may annoy with ‘their’ incapacity to deal, and impatience, with technology older than today, but that level of irritation is as nothing compared to that engendered by an adult of the Silent or Boomer generation who says, upon facing an item of technology newer than the fax, “I’ll have to ask an 8 year old how to do that!” (this would be said with an implied LOL if that weren’t something that only the under -10s understand). Even Lynn Barber of that generally old-person-friendly magazine…

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Fine Wine and Dine @ Tanunda

September 20, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, TRAVEL |

Tanunda, Barossa Valley, September 2020 Motoring into Tanunda for some R ‘n’ R these days is a breeze: if you get onto South Road, and head north, it leads onto the M2 and you get there in an hour. The main drag is Murray Street, and there is a large sign over the way, letting you know you’re there. There are lots of things to do to get fit: you can walk or bicycle along the Barossa track to Angaston (also a nice town worth visiting although it seems its high quality second-hand bookshop has bitten the dust – at…

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Safe

August 31, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | FILM, THEATRE, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Written and directed by Federico Maria Giansanti of FMG, an Italian independent theatrical producer) (2020) (A one-woman performance, filmed play, link below) At an indeterminate time, in an isolated mountain hospice a young nun (Valeria Wandja) is alone, taking care of two people.  The other characters, – a man Paul (“a pure soul” who “takes a bit longer sometimes”) and a bedridden, terminally ill patient, Mrs Parker – are neither seen nor heard.  We know them through the nun’s responses to them.  The three are the final survivors of a larger community.  The nun (“Sister Daisy”, although her name is…

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“Wish We’d Said That”: Our Film Quote Quiz

August 30, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | FILM |

"It was Beauty killed the Beast."

41 deathless lines are below. See how well you can identify them (answers further below). QUOTES “You despise me, don’t you?” “If I gave you any thought, I probably would.” “You talkin’ to me?” “…I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more!” “Sometimes nothin’ is a real cool hand.” “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” “Everything begins, and ends, at exactly the right time and place.” “My father taught me many things here…taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close,…

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“The Elephant”

July 9, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Uncategorized |

“{Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant (The only harmless great thing), the giant Of beasts, who thought none had to make him wise, But to be just and thankful, loth to offend (Yet nature hath given him no knees to bend) Himself he up-props, on himself relies, And, foe to none, suspects no enemies, Still sleeping stood; vex’d not his fantasy Black dreams; like an unbent bow carelessly His sinewy proboscis did remissly lie.” “The Elephant” by John Donne

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